The Art of Enjoyment

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The Art of Enjoyment

All wines, no matter their color and their wine storage temperatures, should be given a chance to breathe after they have been opened. They should be allowed at least fifteen minutes–thirty would be much better– of exposure to the air before they are poured and consumed, and they should never, ever, ever be swallowed without being allowed some intimacy with the drinker’s nose, mouth and tongue.  The first process of enjoyment is to smell the wine after gently swirling it in the glass.  Then, if you are brave enough, or drinking alone, you can even try trilling–gently inhaling through your mouth with a sip of the wine–so that it comes into contact with every part of your mouth and the aromas contact the back of your nasal passage.  Be careful not to inhale too hard or fast or you could end up actually inhaling the the wine!  Doesn’t make for a good first impression as you cough and spray wine in every direction!

While wine can and is enjoyed by itself, food enjoyed with wine adds a level of complexity that will enhance your drinking and eating experience.  Traditionally, white wines were served with lighter flavored fare such as mild cheese, white meats, fish and seafood while red wine was typically served with heartier, more savory food such as red meat, stews, savory cheeses and the like.  Today however, with the wide variety of wines available and the personal preference of the drinker, both white and red wines can be enjoyed alongside almost any type of food.  Be aware though, some delicate white wines may be overpowered by more savory foods and some red wines by themselves can overpower lighter delicate flavored food.  If your preference is for white wine, but you want to enjoy a heartier food item, try choosing a white wine that is a little more robust such as a Chardonnay or White Burgundy.  Conversely, if your taste buds lean toward red but you’re craving a fish entre, consider a lighter red such as a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.  But the take away is this, drink what you prefer and enjoy and pay little heed to conventional wisdom.  Salute!

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